The young LA artist Vinyl Williams has himself an enviable pedigree, being the grandson of composer and conductor John Williams of Indiana Jones and Star Wars fame scores one immediate points with the geek crowd. He also has a head full of psychedelic sounds, pulling in pieces of Radiohead’s later career electronic musings, the whooshier moments of modern rock bands like Tame Impala, as well as some of the stitched together stylings of DJ Shadow. When he’s on, and not spewing out mystical jibber jabber against a backdrop of pretty warble, he can stun. “Higher Worlds” is Vinyl Williams being on and stunning.
- July 20, 2015
Political punk rock comes with a unique risk. What if all the causes you've been championing have been overtaken by more pressing issues by the time your album hits the streets? In our era, dominated by hot takes and social media firestorms, remaining topical is even more difficult. When you consider anarcho-punk forebearers, Crass were left to question their own strategy after Thatcher began and ended the Falkland's War in the early '80s while the band worked for more than a year on the double album, Christ - The Album, a modern band surely faces an even more daunting task, right? Who cares about Occupation Wall Street any more? In the past month gay marriage is the law of the land and the Confederate flag has (finally) become a poisonous symbol. A diplomatic, nuclear arms treaty with Iran has been agreed upon and a Cuban flag is flying outside of an embassy in Washington DC. The United States of 2015 is a far different place than the United States of 2012, when Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, and his long, dormant band, Desaparecidos reunited for a second round of incendiary arena-punk. Read More